In the past few years, home and commercial window tinting has grown from a trend to a lucrative and growing industry. This is especially true in sun-centric cities like Houston, where more and more home and business owners are learning about the benefits of tinted window film. But as the industry grows, so do the myths — many of which are unfounded. Let’s take a look at five of the most prevalent myths about tinted window film and the truth behind the fiction.
Myth 1: Energy Savings From Window Film Is Minimal
Fact: This myth is blatantly false. In fact, studies show that by reducing solar heat gain, window films can reduce annual total energy consumption anywhere from 35% to 50% during peak cooling and heating seasons, which can result in a 5% to 10% decrease in annual utility bills. Even better, the energy savings achieved by using window film in a home or office can lead to a 70% return on investment and will pay for itself two to five years after installation.
Myth 2: Window Film Makes a Home’s Interior Too Dark
Fact: The bottom line is that window film increases light and comfort levels. Today’s window films focus on specific wavelengths of light, like infrared heat, that let large portions of light be transmitted through a window.
Myth 3: Window Film Will Cause Glass to Crack or Break
Fact: Today’s window film providers and manufacturers take strong measures to minimize the risk of thermal stress breakage. All window films come with film-to-glass thermal stress compatibility guidelines, ensuring that the applied window film doesn’t cause thermal stress breakage. In fact, many window film manufacturers now offer warranties that include glass and film replacement if thermal shock fractures do occur.
Myth 4: Tinted Window Film Is Not Long-Lasting
Fact: The life of residential and commercial window films depends on factors like the type of film and glass, window construction, which direction glass is facing, and where the building is located. Documented cases of higher-quality window films lasting 25 years are common, and most window film manufacturers now offer warranties of a minimum of 10 years and up to 15 years.
Myth 5: Installing Tinted Film May Void the Window Warranty
Fact: This one may actually be true. Some window glass manufacturers will indeed void a warranty if window film is applied to their glass products. Be sure to check the warranty from your glass manufacturer before applying window film. Also, experienced, reputable window film providers will offer sound advice on what window film will work best with your windows.
Fact: Fine Line Glass Tinting is Houston’s Go-To Window Film Provider
This is no myth. For more than 30 years, family owned and operated Fine Line Glass Tinting has provided expert window film installation and advice for home and business owners in the Spring, Conroe, and The Woodlands areas of North Houston. Whatever your needs or budget, we can help you select a window film that works for you.
We offer only the industry’s best product lines, and our skilled installers bring a combined 100 years of experience to their work, so you can be assured your job is completed neatly, safely, skillfully, and professionally.
Contact us today! A member of our experienced staff will be glad to schedule a complimentary in-person evaluation.